Shares of Pearson plc (LON:PSON) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen brokerages that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 705.67 ($9.19).

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. Kepler Capital Markets boosted their target price on Pearson from GBX 725 ($9.44) to GBX 865 ($11.27) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 3rd. Liberum Capital restated a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 450 ($5.86) target price on shares of Pearson in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Deutsche Bank restated a “sell” rating on shares of Pearson in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Numis Securities restated a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 559 ($7.28) target price on shares of Pearson in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Finally, Barclays restated an “underweight” rating on shares of Pearson in a research note on Friday, July 6th.

Shares of LON:PSON traded down GBX 16 ($0.21) during trading on Thursday, hitting GBX 872 ($11.36). 5,497,685 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,520,000. Pearson has a 52 week low of GBX 563 ($7.33) and a 52 week high of GBX 775.80 ($10.11).

Pearson (LON:PSON) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 27th. The company reported GBX 8.20 ($0.11) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of GBX 5.90 ($0.08) by GBX 2.30 ($0.03). Pearson had a return on equity of 21.22% and a net margin of 17.23%.

The business also recently declared a dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 16th were given a dividend of GBX 5.50 ($0.07) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.57%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 16th.

In related news, insider Lincoln Wallen purchased 452 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 29th. The shares were purchased at an average price of GBX 884 ($11.51) per share, with a total value of £3,995.68 ($5,204.74).

About Pearson

Pearson plc provides educational products and services to institutions, governments, professional bodies, and individual learners worldwide. The company operates through three segments: North America, Core, and Growth. It offers courseware services, including curriculum materials provided in book form and/or via access to digital content; and assessments, such as test development, processing, and scoring services.

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